Ill Houllier is hospitalised
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is recovering in hospital today after being taken ill last night.
Villa revealed in a statement that while comfortable Houllier was set to remain in hospital "for several days" and confirmed that McAllister would take charge for this weekend's visit of Stoke.
"The club can confirm that Gerard Houllier was admitted to hospital last night," the statement read.
"He is in a comfortable condition and he wishes to convey his appreciation to Aston Villa supporters for their concern and good wishes. The manager spoke to chief executive Paul Faulkner this morning and he is currently undergoing tests. It is anticipated that he will remain in hospital for several days.
"Assistant manager Gary McAllister has taken training this morning and he will be in charge of the team for the game against Stoke on Saturday at Villa Park. The club's thoughts at this time are with Gerard and his family."
Faulkner revealed he had spoken to the French manager this morning and said he was in good spirits.
"On behalf of the football club, Mr Lerner and I wish to convey our best wishes to Gerard," he said. "I spoke with him this morning, as did Gary before he took training, and he sounded very positive. I've also received a lot of good wishes from fans and I would like to thank them for their kind thoughts in wishing Gerard a speedy recovery.
"I will see him this afternoon, along with Gary, and we will pass on the fans' messages. I know they will mean a lot to him. We would ask everybody to respect his privacy and that of his family at this time."
Get well soon messages
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, Stoke City boss Tony Pulis and Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini have all wished Houllier well this morning.
Dalglish sent him best wishes from his former club, saying: "Of course our thoughts are with him. We don't know too much about it and there is no point in us being speculative. But your health is more important than anything, so we wish him well and I'm sure he is in the best possible hands.
"Doc (Mark) Waller is there, who was the club doctor here when Gerard fell ill in 2001, so he's got a good guy beside him and I'm sure the people there will do everything they can to help. We won't be morose about it because we don't understand (the nature of Houllier's problem), but we send him our best wishes."
Potters boss Pulis, whose side face Villa in Premier League action this weekend, said: "Everyone in football will wish Gerard a swift recovery, we hope he is well and I am sure they will be looking after him, we have some fantastic medical people in this country and I don't know how bad it is but I am sure he will get well looked after.
Mancini added: "It is not easy because, when you are under pressure, you can have some problems.But I hope Gerard comes out of the hospital very quickly because he is a big person, a big manager. He is my friend and I hope he can be on the bench in the next game."